Year awarded
Special Award
Company Info


GOOD DESIGN|中小企業庁長官賞

Award-winning item
office building [The office building of Nakagawa Masashichi Shoten]
Business Owner
Nakagawa Masashichi Shoten Co., Ltd.
Work - Office, Retail, and Production Facilities
Nakagawa Masashichi Shoten (Japan)
Award Number
Outline of Good Design Award winners
Outline of Good Design Award winners 2010

Outline* The shown information is the one as of the awarded date and might has been changed.


The new company building of Nara City’s Nakagawa Masashichi Shoten, a long-established Nara bleached cloth store that has a history of about 300 years. It has developed with the concept of "a future Machiya (town house)" where people work as if they are living in it. Mr. Manabu Mizuno, representative of Good Design Company, was the art director. The design was done by the architect Yasutaka Yoshimura. The building has the functions of an office, a warehouse and a showroom. It is a one-story building, colorful and color-coded by function, and from the outside looks like six side-by-side homes, so it blends into the neighboring residential area without standing out. The inside is connected by wide openings, but there is a difference in levels between adjacent parts. The office area utilizes the level difference to take in more light, making the space brighter. It is an exceptional space that has both the bustle of the town and the calmness of a residence.


Nakagawa Masashichi Shoten Co., Ltd.


Manabu Mizuno


Yasutaka Yoshimura

建築家 吉村靖孝氏

Already in service/use


A brand that is reviving traditional Japanese objects in the present day and architectural design that takes a modern pop art approach to old-style townhouses have been brought splendidly into synch, serving as an excellent example of architectural design contributing to the improvement of a corporate image. This space, which looks like a group of traditional 'nagaya townhouses', can be experienced as a unified space, even as it cleverly segments the workplace and the warehouse, fully informing us of the vitality of this new headquarters. In its ability to send a message to the surrounding area, its overall appearance and architectural details, the design of its furniture, and other features, it carries out a consistent motif throughout, both on an urban scale and on the level of furnishings. We gave it high marks for being fun to look and allowing us to experience the possibilities of design in a variety of dimensions.

Back to top